Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, BTS, Harry Kinds, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion will probably be among the many performers on the 63rd annual Grammy Awards subsequent Sunday, in a mixture of reside and taped appearances shot in downtown Los Angeles, the Recording Academy introduced.
The present, hosted by Trevor Noah, can even function performances by Dangerous Bunny, Doja Cat, Maren Morris, Roddy Ricch, Submit Malone, Lil Child, DaBaby and others, in a format the academy is describing, with a nod towards coronavirus security, as artists “coming collectively, whereas nonetheless safely aside.” Mickey Guyton, the primary Black feminine artist to be nominated for greatest nation solo efficiency, will take the stage, in addition to Black Pumas, the little-known soul band that obtained three nominations, together with document and album of the 12 months.
The present will probably be broadcast by CBS and on Paramount+, the brand new streaming platform from the community’s mum or dad firm, ViacomCBS, that launched on Thursday, changing CBS All Entry.
One notable absence amongst this 12 months’s performers: Adele, whose potential look has been the topic of fervent hypothesis by followers on-line. Ben Winston, the Grammys’ govt producer, mentioned in an interview that Adele wouldn’t be concerned.
Followers of the British singer have been ready greater than 5 years for the follow-up to her album “25,” and most just lately bought their hopes up in November when she hosted “Saturday Night time Stay” — solely to declare in her monologue, “My album’s not completed.” Her label, Columbia, has given no updates on when that album could also be prepared.
This 12 months’s Grammys had been deliberate for Jan. 31, however have been postponed in early January as coronavirus instances in Los Angeles County have been peaking. These numbers have since enormously declined, though the world continues to be thought-about to have a “very high risk” stage for an infection.
The present would be the newest take a look at of the viability of a significant awards present through the pandemic. The Golden Globes, on Feb. 28, had disastrous ratings, drawing 62 p.c fewer viewers than final 12 months.
To attract an viewers, the Grammys are relying on the star energy of their performers and the potential for a contemporary look. This 12 months’s present is the primary underneath the purview of Winston, who takes over after a four-decade run by Ken Ehrlich, the producer who established “Grammy moments” — artist pairings throughout generations and genres — and who sometimes clashed with stars.
One function this 12 months takes a cue from the pandemic itself. The Grammys will spotlight the struggles of independent music venues by having workers from 4 reside music spots — the Troubadour and the Lodge Café in Los Angeles, the Apollo Theater in New York and Nashville’s Station Inn — current varied award classes and encourage followers to help their native golf equipment.
Beyoncé obtained nine nominations in eight classes, greater than another artist. Swift and Lipa are every up for six prizes.